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‘Across the Sea’ Needs a Final Push Before Slamdance Premiere

'Across the Sea' Needs a Final Push Before Slamdance Premiere

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Across the Sea

Tweetable Logline: A Turkish immigrant living in New York with her husband, Damla must now return to her homeland & confront a troubling secret from her past.

Elevator Pitch: ACROSS THE SEA is an award-winning first feature directed by Esra Saydam and Nisan Dag that will be making its North American premiere at the 2015 Slamdance Film Festival. 

A Turkish immigrant estranged from her homeland, Damla, lives in New York City with her husband Kevin, expecting their first child. But with the memories of a first love continuing to haunt her, Damla returns to Turkey and confronts a troubling secret from her past. 

The film features Turkish television star, Damla Sönmez, and Ahmet Rıfat Şungar, who was in Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Cannes winning film, THREE MONKEYS.

Production Team: 
Esra Saydam (Co-Director/Co-Writer)
Nisan Dag (Co-Director/Co-Writer)
Ozcan Vardar (Editor) (Previous credits: TEPENIN ARDI, SEABURNERS)
Gerry Kim (Producer) (Previous credits: TO BE TAKEI, THE HOUSE OF SUH)
Mayuran Tiruchelvam (Co-Producer) (Previous credits: TO BE TAKEI, THE GIRL IS IN TROUBLE)
Alvaro R. Valente (Producer)
Robert Lavenstein (Producer)
John Wakayama Carey (Cinematographer) (Previous credits: CHILDEATER, ABOVE THE SEA)

About the Film: 

Esra: The film was originally a short story idea that I had after feeling homesick while living in the U.S. Back then, nothing was going well in my ‘American life’. I pitched the story to my co-director Nisan while we were both at Columbia University’s Graduate Film Program. This film was meant to be a love letter to our first loves back home in Turkey.

Nisan: ACROSS THE SEA is more than a romantic love story. In the film, we explore different kinds of love, as well as explore the hardships and rewards of living a cross-cultural life.

Current Status: The film is completed, but we need help getting to Slamdance! This includes raising funds for a publicist and assembling promo materials.

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